Sunday, April 11, 2021

Count Hugh of Vermandois’ Double Shipwreck In 1096

King Philip I of France (r. 1059-1108) had a brother named Hugh “the Great,” who held the rank of Count of Vermandois. As King...

The Disastrous Wedding Celebration Of Princess Domentzia

In the year 606 or 607, Emperor Phokas of Constantinople (r. 602-610) arranged for his daughter, Domentzia, to marry an influential man named Priskos....

King Heimer And Aslög, Painted By August Malmström (c. 1829-1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829-1901), was inspired by famous Germanic and Norse legends and myths. The older man seen...

The Fiery Surrender of Narses To Emperor Phokas

Emperor Phokas became the ruler of Constantinople and its empire in 602, after successfully leading a military revolt that overthrew Emperor Maurice (r. 582-602)....

Valkyrie And A Dying Hero, Painted By Hans Makart (c. 1840–1884)

This painting, by the Austrian artist Hans Makart (c. 1840–1884), draws inspiration from ancient and early medieval Germanic-Norse religious beliefs. It features a being...

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "All love that glows within you; to dismiss Or harbour it, the power is in yourselves." Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy (Purgatory, Canto XVIII), translated...

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (c. 1667-1745) "Having strictly examined all the persons of greatest name in the courts of princes for an hundred years past, I found...

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Pegasus Departing, Painted By Albert Pinkham Ryder (c. 1847-1917)

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The Story Of The Farmer And The Satyr From Aisopus’ Fables, Gerbrandt van den Eeckhout (c. 1621-1674)

In the title provided for this painting, the Dutch artist Gerbrandt van den Eeckhout (c. 1621-1674) clearly laid out his goal for this artwork:...

King Heimer And Aslög, Painted By August Malmström (c. 1829-1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829-1901), was inspired by famous Germanic and Norse legends and myths. The older man seen...

Homer’s Detailed Ancient Ritual To Summon The Dead

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The Tale Of A Whirlwind And Lightning Forcing Duke Hugh The Great To End A Siege

King Lothar of France ascended to his throne in the year 954, while he was still in his early teenage years. The young king,...

The Tale Of Kublai Khan’s Private Treasure Wing In His Palace

Kublai Khan oversaw Mongolian operations in China during the reign of his brother, Great Khan Möngke (r. 1251-1259). After Möngke’s death in 1259, Kublai...

The Blunder At Fort Douaumont And The Hundreds Of Thousands Of Deaths That Followed In The 1916 Battle Of Verdun

(French soldiers moving into attack from their trench during the Verdun battle, 1916, via Creative Commons) The Great War   In February, 1916, the world was...
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The Story Of The Farmer And The Satyr From Aisopus’ Fables, Gerbrandt van den Eeckhout (c. 1621-1674)

In the title provided for this painting, the Dutch artist Gerbrandt van den Eeckhout (c. 1621-1674) clearly laid out his goal for this artwork:...

Sophocles

Sophocles (c. 496-406/405 BCE) "For a man to help others with all his gifts and native strength: that is the noblest work." Sophocles, Oedipus the King, approximately...

Odysseus before Alcinous, King of the Phaeacians, painted by August Malmström (c. 1829-1901)

This painting, by the Swedish artist August Malmström (c. 1829-1901), depicts a scene from Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. In the prelude to the...

The Ineffective Tiburtine Siege Of Rome

Around the year 360 BCE, the relatively weak city of Tibur infuriated Rome by allegedly harboring and accommodating Gallic warbands. In response, Rome declared...

Pliny The Younger Gave His Nurse A Small Farm

Pliny the Younger (c. 61/62-113) was a successful lawyer, bureaucrat, politician, and financial advisor. Judged in the currency of denarii and sesterces of his...

Apollo Killing Python, Painted By An Unidentified Artist In The 17th Century

This painting, produced by an unidentified artist around 1625, depicts one of the early heroic accomplishments carried out by the ancient Greek god, Apollo....

Joan of Arc’s Holy Banner

Of all the intriguing and interesting people of medieval Europe, Jeanne d’Arc (commonly known as Joan of Arc, c. 1412-1431) lived one of the...

The Awkward Banquet Of Thorir Olvirsson

Thorir Olvirsson was an up-and-coming, youthful 11th-century Norwegian nobleman who cultivated a lot of good will with the people living in the regions around...

King William Rufus’ Constructive Strategy Against Earl Robert Of Northumberland

Robert de Mowbray became the Earl of Northumberland shortly before the death of William the Conqueror in 1087. After the death of the conqueror,...
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